The Shetland Fisheries Statistics report shows that just over 54,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish, worth some £72 million, were landed in 2020

The Shetland Fisheries Statistics report shows that just over 54,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish, worth some £72 million, were landed in 2020

The University of Highlands and Islands Shetland has released their report ‘Shetland Fisheries Statistics
2020′.

The report compiles all the fisheries statistics of catch landing around the ports of the Shetland Islands and was composed by Ian R Napier.

The report show that just over 54,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish, worth some £72 million, were landed in Shetland in 2020.

That was more by weight (by 7%) than in 2019 but less by value (by 10%). These changes were largely due to an increase in the quantity of pelagic fish landed in Shetland in 2020 together with a reduction in the quantity of whitefish landed. Just under half of the fish and shellfish landed in Shetland in 2020 (44% by weight) were landed by Shetland fishing boats, but local boats accounted for more than half of the landings by value (54%).

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Shetland fishing boats landed about 94,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish worth £105 million in 2020. That was somewhat more by weight (by 7%) than in 2019, but slightly less by value (by 3%). The total weight of fish and shellfish landed in Shetland, and by Shetland fishing boats elsewhere, (‘Shetland’ fish landings) was about 124,000 tonnes in 2020, 10% more than in 2019, although the value was slightly (2%) less at £138 million.

In 2020:

  • 54,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish, worth £72 million, were landed in Shetland, just under half of it by Shetland fishing boats. That was more by weight than in 2019 but less in value.
  • One-fifth of all the finfish landed in Scotland, and almost one-sixth of that landed in the UK, were landed in Shetland.
  • More fish and shellfish were landed in Shetland than in any other port in the UK, except Peterhead.
  • More finfish were landed in Shetland than in all of England and Wales and almost as much as all that landed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Shetland boats landed 94,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish worth £105 million. That was somewhat more by weight but slightly less by value than in 2019.
  • Shetland boats accounted for almost one-quarter of all the fish and shellfish landed by Scottish boats, and 15% of that landed by UK boats.
  • 18,600 tonnes of whitefish worth £37 million were landed in Shetland, more than two-thirds of it by local boats. That was substantially less than in 2019, mainly due to a 50% cut in the cod quota.
  • Lerwick, Scalloway and Cullivoe were all in the top-15 UK ports for whitefish landings.
  • Shetland boats landed 13,500 tonnes of whitefish worth £28 million, almost all of it in Shetland. Again, that was substantially less than in 2019.
  • 33,000 tonnes of pelagic fish, worth £30 million, were landed in Shetland, significantly more than in 2019.
  • 2,100 tonnes of shellfish, worth almost £5 million, were landed in Shetland, slightly more by weight than in 2019 but significantly less in value.
  • Overall, there does not appear to have been a large impact on fish landings in Shetland from the COVID-19 pandemic. The biggest probable impact was on the prices of shellfish and, to a lesser extent, of some whitefish species.

The full report can be read here.

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Shetland Fisheries Statistics for 2020 released by Shetland UHI

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